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to the 2,752 victims killed when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes that attacked the u.s. in lower manhattan 9/11 families gather at a park adjacent to ground zero. throughout the morning in shanksville, pennsylvania where united 93 flight crashed, michelle obama and laura bush will honor a ceremony to honor the passengers that fought back. plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the centerpiece, one world trade center, is expected to be completed by 2013, but with each construction step forward, there remains a connection to the past. steel beams pulled from the rubble were permanently installed this week at the entrance of the national september 11th memorial and museum slated to be finished in 2012. >> it is going to be a memorial that we will all be proud of and a memorial that will inspire people around the world. >> and always remind them never to forget. president obama also signed a probleming clamation making september 10th through 12th national days of prayer and remembrance, calling on americans also to set aside time to volunteer. amy. >> and now here's carl
prevented the biggest oil spill in u.s. history is raised from beneath the gulf. now investigators can finally get an up close look at why it failed. >>> hitting the trail, with congressional democrats facing tough challenges in the upcoming mid term elections they've called on t white house for reinforcements. it's not the president they're asking for. >>> and the heiress, a half billion dollar fortune, a reclusive elderly woman who hasn't been seen out in public for decades and questions about what's happening to all that money. today, sunday, september 5th, money. today, sunday, september 5th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with lester holt and jenna wolfe, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good sunday morning, everyone. welcome to "today." i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. we didn't just skirt hurricane earl here in new york city. it has been one of the most beautiful weekends we've had to date. >> yeah. in our case the storm mustered in good weather. >> great weather. >> we should have that nonstorm -- storm m
and attacked the u.s. in lower manhattan, 9/11 families gather at zuccotti park adjacent to ground zero. throughout the morning, it as has now become tradition, the names of victims will be read and four moments of sigh hence will mark the times each plane hit and each tower fell. vice president joe biden is attending the ceremony along with city and state leaders and first responders. at the pentagon, president obama delivers remarks and participates in a wreath laying ceremony. and in shanksville, pennsylvania, where united flight 93 crashed, first lady michelle obama along with former first lady laura bush attend a ceremony to honor the passengers who fought back. meanwhile plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the center piece, one world trade center, is expected to be completed by 2013. but with each construction step forward, there remains a connection to the past. steel beams pulled from the ground zero rubble were permanently installed this week at the entrance of the national september 11th memorial and museum, slated to be finished in 2012. >> it is going to be a
and encouraged and we're really keeping our fingers crossed. >> a lot of us are pulling for michael douglas. also coming up, we're going to be talking about this wedding couple, this wonderful melissa and jeremy, we have been talking about the reception, and the rings, now the wedding scene. we're going to be talking about that, because it's an important thing for the couple. >> what else is going on? >> also a lot of parents busy assembly school supplies, but a lot of kids are more concerned about their new wardrobe. i laid out all my clothes. >> that's why you're always so put together. >> a lot of parents are putting together wardrobes for their kids and you want to do it on a budget. we're going to tell you what the coolest kids are wearing. a little glitter. >>> natalee's standing by at the news desk who's got a check of all the headlines. >> good morning, matt, ann and tamron. and as they mentioned, the east coast is bracing for a brush with hurricane earl and this morning evacuations were ordered for cape hatteras and ocrocoke island. meanwhile fema teams are in puerto rico and the virgin
is under way. that reporter is sharing her side of the story with us in a live interview, today, tuesday, side of the story with us in a live interview, today, tuesday, september 14, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television matt this morning. p the attempt the attempt t of sarof sarahp of sarah s br but thbut thep bubur saidandrp plive in teheranp > > invnop not from excitement, he actunop not from excitement, he actuall p nursnurse watchingp r exclusively. oing tr gg intense r y ttway to y to frewa correspondents. and ria, good morning. the shourd family trying to win her release. trying to get the bail, $500,000. they're waiting to see but there are some signals that she could be released at any time. they're hoping for that to happen. >> the discussions about this potential release. the discussions about the would-be mosque near ground zero. what's that done in the political climate where you are? >> it's really added to the tension here, the anti-american spirit. and, in fact, if the government needed any excuse to try to drum up more anti-american fever, you can see the s
of newborns who use popular sleep positioners. federal officials say you should stop using them immediately. details on all of this in a few minutes. >>> plus, there are plenty of hot spots in las vegas. this is ridiculous. the facade of a new hotel is creating what some are calling a death ray that is hot enough to melt plastic. one person at the pool said he had his hair cinched from the heat. more on that in a moment. >> let us begin with tore ren sal rains and threat of flooding on the east coast. weather channel jim cantore is on the east coast. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. if i said we set three and four and five day rainfall records, that probably doesn't mean much but when i put the numbers on it, we had 20 inches of rain in the last four days. here comes the rain again. we had enough of break this morning the waters receded a little on this road. you can see the water line. it came up another two feet when we got the period of heavy rain. that's what we're worried about. when these periods of heavy rain come in, will they produced flooding. schools are closed and even t
.n. the preside of iran infuriates the u.s. delegation with it's controversial comments about 9/11. this morning the one hiker who was free is here for an exclusive interview. >> lindsay lohan could be headed right back to jail "today," >> lindsay lohan could be headed right back to jail "today," friday, september 24, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and orange, -- gorge, everyone. >> residents in parts of minnesota bracing for another round of serious floods. >> another heavy downpour promptpromp prompted officials -- >>> also ahead, the latest on the actor who appeared in the popular movie "the 40-year-old virgin" has now been found guilty of atechlted murder. he stabbed his ex-girlfriend more than 20 times and she survived. she will speak out about her ordeal when she joins us live. >>> and we talk about a william who survived a difficult surgery in which doctors cut off the lower what are of her body to remove a tumor. >>> in the news this morning, hundreds of people have been forced from their homes because of flooding in parts of wisconsin and minnesota where both go
song for us coming up a little bit later on. and coming up here, thanks to the band, guys. you were great, too. thank you. >>> and still to come i'm natalie morales along with lester holt. if you're looking for an easy way perhaps to earn extra cash, nowadays you can actually point, click, and earn. we're going to check out five different ways to make money online, making the most of your hobbies to offering you advice for extra keys. how to do it and what to look out for before you do it. a lot of pitfalls. >>> the school year is getting under way. we have some advice to help the kids avoid some of the nasty germs. they're going to get sick. it's inevitable. to lessen the odds, some surprising places those nasty critters could be hiding. >> back to school, here we go. back to the germs. before we get to all of that, let's go inside one more time and get a check of your top stories from amy robach who is in for ann. good morning again, amy. >>> good morning, lester and natalie. good morning, everyone. president obama is going to call today for new investments into the roads, railway
to teach us to cook with lemon grass. lemon grass is something we often eat in restaurants but we don't know how to use ourselves. >> so there's two ways of using it. they come like this. i like to use a mallet or a hammer like this. and you see this little edge, so you want to keep banging this. what i'm doing here, is i'm just getting fibers loose. so when you have this -- >> may i try that? >> certainly. >> oh, boy. good way to get your aggression out. >> you want to use basically this nice juicy part. the green part is not nearly as flavorful. and what you do, you use it to infuse a broth like this. this is a simple lemon grass soup. i want you to try a little bit. and you'll see that there's large pieces of lemon grass which i actually like to place with it so people realize there's lemon grass there. you don't want to eat that, because it's so tough. but you can really taste that, right? >> my gosh, it's fantastic. and how long when you cook it? >> that's just 30 minutes. >> and that just really adds to the soup. that is amazing, i've got to say. is it easy to find lemon grass?
their paths will keep them away from the eastern u.s. but bermuda will probably be in the sights of igor and most likely julia will not affect anything but can't rule out the eastern coast being affected by igor. more a little bit later. >> a lot to watch. >>> let's get a check of some of the other morning's top stories. ann curry is at the news desk. >> in the news over the weekend, indications that iran's on again/off again release of american hiker sarah shourd is on again. sunday iran's judiciary said she can be released on $500,000 bail after being held more than a year. stephanie gosk is following developments. where do things stand? >> reporter: right now shourd is still in custody. herawyer says they're twatding for the $500,000 bail to be cleared and then she wil be released. under the conditions of bail, she's allowed to leave iran but her trial on charges of esonage is going forward along with the trial of the two other u.s. hikers who were arrested with her in 2009. over the weekend u.s. offials said they were cautiously optimistic that showered would be rereleased but intern
-like group. nbc's kristen welker has been following the developments and joins us from los angeles. kristen,ood morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lester. authorities say five adults and eight children are missing. the kids range in age from 3 to 17 years old. officials believe they may be immigrants from el salvador. investigators lookedn palmdale. family members reported them missing saturday afternoon and expressed concern because they discovered personal belongings and disturbing letters in a purse one of the cult members left behind. >> they left behind notes saying that they were going to go visit their deceased relatives, that they were going to go meet jesus, notes that indicated that they wanted to go to the next life. no words such as "suicide" or "taking our own life" were used at all, but the indications seem that may be a possibility. >> reporter: ahorities also found cell phones in that purse. authorities released a picture -- this picture of the woman they believe is the leader of the group. her name is reyna chicas. they may have started out as members of the same ch
temporarily out on the plaza. good news for all these nice people who have joined us on this tuesday morning. we thank them. inside the studio, i'm matt lauer along with al roker. >>> she'll share the secrets of a healthy diet plan that may actually reduce your risk of colon cancer, that's coming up. >>> now stress can mess with your head, sometimes can it cloud your thinking, but other times it can actually give you the sharpness you need. and would you believe gender makes a difference. we're going to check out the latest research and give you some tips on improving your memory. >>> and as part of our education initiative, we're going to be teaming parents with our experts about handling your children's problems in school. what you can do differently from advocating for your child to understanding what guidance counselors can and can't do for your children. >>> you also have the headlines of the morning. >> i do, and in the news this morning, today emergency workers are keeping a close watch on a l levee in wisconsin. officials say it will be at least one more day until the record water le
. the heat is still coming back at us. we do have patches of fog along the coast, that's the only place you will notice a little cooling today. even then we're only cooling to the 70s. a nice afternoon along the beaches. yesterday we were in the 80s at the beaches. notice it's a little cooler but still a nice day there. mid and upper 90s in the warmer spots there and tomorrow a bit warmer. summer, but now things are heating up. still hot over florida with readings around 90s. 60s and mid 70s here. >>> a megachurch will give its pastor a chance to address the church for the first time since allegations that he lured young men into sex with gifts and travel. ron? >> reporter: good morning. these allegations have stunned this congregation of 25,000 members, especially in light of eddie long's silence. silence he's breaking today. >> somebody needs to celebrate that moment. >> he's used to having audiences hang on his every word, but today it's likely to be wrapped with tension like never before. he was sued in court by four former members of his church and satellite church for pressuring them
.n. the president of iran infuriates the u.s. delegation with it's controversial comments about 9/11. this morning the one hiker who was free is here for an exclusive interview. >> lindsay lohan could be headed right back to jail "today," >> lindsay lohan could be headed right back to jail "today," friday, september 24, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and orange, -- gorge, everyone. >> residents in parts of minnesota bracing for another round of serious floods. >> another heavy downpour promptpromp prompted officials -- >>> also ahead,he latest on the actor who appeare in the popular movie "the 40-year-old virgin" has now been found guilty of atechlted murder. he stabbed his ex-girlfriend more than 20 times and she survived. she will speak out about her ordeal when she joins us live. >>> and we talk about a william who survived a difficult surgery in which doctors cut off the lower what are of her body to remove a tumor. >>> in the news this morning, hundreds of people have been forced from their homes because of flooding in parts of wisconsin and minnesota where both gover
or did he steal the idea from his harvard classmates. they settled for $65 million, now they'll tell us while they think they deserve more. now they'll tell us while they think they deserve more. monday, july 20, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm matt lauer. >> officials in bermuda are saying that they are still trying to assess the damage from hurricane igor. >> hurricane force winds and driving rain has led to extensive power outages. >> it looks pretty this morning. >>> also ahead, former president jimmy carter is in the house and we'll be speaking to him about a number of topics including the rise of the tea party, those two american hikerstill being detained in iran and what he seeses a his own place in history. >>> on a different note, there are new problems for lindsay lohan. could the troubled actress be sent back to jail after she admitted that she failed a court ordered drug test. we'll have the latest on that story as well. >>> let's given with the damage caused by hurricane igor in
way. that reporter is sharing her si of the story with us in a live inrview, today, tuesday, si of the story with us in a live inrview, today, tuesday, september 14, 2010. captions paid for nbc-universal televisi matt this morning. p the attempt the attempt t of sarof sarahp of sarah s br but thbut thep bubur saidandrp plive in teheranp > > invnop not from excitement, he actunop not from excitement, he actuall p nursnurse watchingp r exclusively. oing tr gg intense r y ttway to y to frewa correspondents. d ria, good morning. the shourd family trying to win her release. trying to get the bail, $500,000. they're waiting to see but the are some signals that she could be released at any time. they're hoping for that to happen. >> the discussions about this potential release. the discussions about the would-be mosque near ground zero. what's that done in the political climate where you are? >> it's really added to the tension here, the ai-american spirit. and, in fact, if the government needed any excuse to try to drum up more anti-american fever, you can see the state-owned newspape
trigger other evacuations within the watch and warning areas. >> give us an area, from where to where do you recommend that people are very conscious about this storm? >> all right, i would take anywhere along the north carolina coast, tropical storm conditions in the far southeast, all the way up to the virginia beach area because that's the area that will be impacted as early as tomorrow on into tomorrow night and early friday morning. depending on how far offshore it is, we may have a problem friday into saturday for southern new england and the eastern tip of long island, but everywhere along the east coast should monitor the track of this in case there's an unexpected shift to the west. >> when you talk about a sudden shift, you're worried about the eye of the storm, whether it will go closer to land? >> that's absolutely correct. we'll put a different graphic up here, this shows you the win shear as it goes across cape hatteras. in that area it's hurricane force winds. if the track was further west, it would bring hurricane winds. of course you'll have tropical storm force winds al
off with al roker and natalie morales and carl quintanilla from cnbc joining us while matt takes a little time off. coming up, lady luck on the side of lady -- >> a lot of talent but the mtv music video awards held in los angeles. lady gaga going home with eight moonmen as they're called. as always as you can see she had various outrageous outfits. and also some other outrageous moments for the show including that appearance by lindsay lohan, the first since being let out of rehab. all the highlights coming up -- or low lights, depending how you look at it. >>> plus when you hear names like betsey johnson, and diesel, you think creative clothes. now returning to a bigger canvas designing hotels. we'll show you some stylish hot spots. >>> later, picking the right college for your teenager can be pretty stressful. you might start by looking at how much it costs, the ranking list. how much should you rely on the rankings when making your choice? perspective on what those mean. >>> first get caught up on the latest morning news and for that we turn once again to ann curry. >>> thank
chopper crash in more than four years for nato forces. u.s. officials declaims by the taliban that insurgents shot down that helicopter. commanders waited two hours before calling for outside help sunday. the fast moving brush fire, by last night three homes had been destroyed. 5,000 people had to be evacuated and a fire only 25% contained. a woman in washington state who claimed that someone threw acid at her and then later admitted she did it herself is facing criminal charges. kristen welker has details. kristen, good morning. >>. >> reporter: bethany storro is charged with three counts of theft for allegedly taking money from the community who was trying to help her pay her medical bills. now the county prosecutor says she has to pay. bethany storro claimed she was the victim of a vicious acid attack, but prosecutors say storro was no victim. they say the community was duped and donated nearly $30,000 to help pay her medical bills. >> it was clear from the evidence that we had multiple felony crimes that were committed and it seemed like a straight forward decision that fe
two weeks ago. >>> nbc's white house correspondent savannah guthrie joins us. >> reporter: the voters that voted for the first time in 2008 for the president, a lot of them are young, we're going to see the president on the campus of the united states of wisconsin at madison. there will be 100 companion watch parties, really drawing a page from the '08 playbook. if democrats can turn out some of these voters, it might make a difference in some of these key races. they're really trying to generate enthusiasm. in an interview the president said it would be inexcusable for democrats to stay on the sidelines this election. rahm emanuel widely expected to run for mayor in chicago. looks like that will happen and we could get an announcement as early as friday. the issue of course is who would replace him, would it be an interim chief of staff or will the president go ahead and name a permanent replacement. so definitely something to watch this week. >>> today a senate panel holds a summit on safety after an explosion that killed sen people. >>> southwest is buying air transfer $1.4 billion
he steal the idea from his harvard classmates. they settled for $65 million, now they'll tell us while they think they deserve more. now they'll tell us while they think they deserve more. monday, july 20, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm matt lauer. >> officials in bermuda are saying that they are still trying to assess the damage from hurricane igor. >> hurricane force winds and driving rain has led to extensive power outages. >> it looks pretty this morning. >>> also ahead, former president jimmy cart is in the house and we'll be speaking toim about a number of topics including the rise of the tea party, those two american hikers still being detained in iran and what he seeses a his own place in history. >>> on a different note, there are new problems for lindsay lohan. could the troubled actress be sent back to jai after she admitted that she failed a court ordered drug test. wel have the latest on that story as well. >>> let's given with the damage caused by hurricane igor in bermu
chairs. there's also an important warning to parents of newborns who use popular sleep positioners to keep their babies in place at night. federal officials say you should stop using them immediately. details on all of this in a few minutes. >>> plus, there are plenty of hot spots in las vegas. but this is ridiculous. the all glass facade of a new hotel is creating what some are calling a death ray at the hotel's pool that is hot enough to melt plastic. one person at the pool said he had his hair singed from the heat. more on that in a moment. >> let us begin with torrential rains and the threat of flooding on the east coast. the weather channel's jim cantore is in wilmington, north carolina, with more. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. something we haven't seen in a while, drizzle. we've had about a third of our normal rainfall we have in a year in just three days. 20 inches of rain, and you can see how high the water got here. traffic is moving now, but this is the debris line, these pine needles and leaves and whatnot because the water rose very quickly. let's take y
in there. he was looking for us. once he discovered we were gone, i guess he went the other way and i thought i'd lost him. but fortunately i seen him pop up on the back of the street on the other side, we came up two opposite streets, so -- >> let's make the point, everybody in your home got out safely, and that's very good news. tell me about this house, though. this was your parents' house. i know that you grew up there and moved back in after your mom passed away. >> yes. >> had just remodelled it? >> right. >> what was it like to see it in flames? >> heart-wrenching. it really was. it was hard to watch. but the main thing is my intermediate family got out. the other things can be rebuilt and other things can be, you know, replaced, but you can't replace family members. >> where are you going to go from here, bob? where are you going to stay? >> oh, i got wonderful friends, wonderful friends that have offered homes for me to stay in, cars to drive. a friend of mine, bert, offered me a house to stay in and gave me a truck if i need it. we're staying with some wonderful friends, dav
.n. the president of iran infuriates the u.s. delegation with his controversial comments about 9/11. this as two americans remain in his jail. this morning, the one hiker who was freed, sarah shourd, speaks out in her only live morning show interview. >>> and back behind bars, lindsay lohan faces a judge this morning after failing a drug test just three weeks out of rehab. and she could be headed right back to jail today, friday, and she could be headed right back to jail today, friday, september 24th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. this morning, residents in parts of wisconsin and minnesota are bracing for another round of flash floods. >> really heavy downpours over the last 24 hours or so and they've prompted officials to issue evacuations, even activate the national guard in some towns. we'll get al's forecast coming up in just a couple of minutes. >>> and the latest ton actor that appeared in the popular movie "the 40-year-old virgin" who's now been found
. >> we want to get more information on this right now, john yang is in kabul for us with the latest. john, what do you know this morning? >> reporter: good morning, matt, as you say, the nine servicemen dead are americans, nbc news is being told and at least one american civilian is among the three injured. this happened as you say in zabul province in southeastern afghanistan. much of the territory there is controlled by the taliban and coalition forces led b the united states had been stepping up their efforts to take on the taliban in that area, to try to drive them out. this has been the deadliest year for coalition forces, the deadliest year for u.s. forces with today's crash, 351 americans have died this year. matt? >> john, but as we say, according to american sources the causef this is still under investigation and yet the taliban has already claimed responsibility. is that the norm in a situati like this? would they normally do something like that? >> reporter: it's very common, matt. as a matter of fact we got the call here at nbc news from a talibanpokesman claimg responsibilit
winds hit an office building that used to be a church, knocking the steeple inside the building, where it almost hit a woman's desk. she was away from her desk at the time and no one was hurt. dramatic, you don't see that everyday. it is now 7:04. back to meredith and al. we had severe thunderstorms last night. >> came rolling >>> mild and rather humid. good morning on this thursday morning. we have some clouds coming through, a temperatures now 73 in washington. mild around much of the region. and the view from our radar showing one shower now movg into northern frederick county, maryland, out of northeastern washington county drifting off to the east-northeast. later today we should climb into the low 90s, mid-90s tomorrow and lower humidity. cooler weather for the weekend. clouds around on sunday. small chance of a shower. >>> that's your latest wester. matt. >>> thanks so much. to politics, president obama addresses the united nations today as the gop addresses a n plan to deal with the economy and health care. msnbc's chief white house correspondent, chuck todd is here. >> the pre
and burn him. pastor jones said he is the who is offended. >> they are burning our flag and pictures of us. we are supposed to do nothing? we are supposed to apologize for our actions? we must do something. >> reporter: the church displayed more than 200 korans to news cameras. some they bought and others were donated. the church will burn them saturday, the anniversary of 9/11. >> we believe in what we believe. we believe in the bible and standing up for it. >> we are not going to allow that! >> this as the protesting construction of an islamic center near ground zero. he is proceeding with the community center that will be multifaith with separate prayer room for muslims, christians, jews and other faces. he is planning a multifaith memorial for the victims of 9/11 and insists he is sympathetic to the families. let us commemorate of anniversary of 9/11 by pausing to reflect and meditate and tone down the rhetoric that serves to strengthen the radicles and weaken beliefs and our values. moderate muslim americans say the protests and the threatened koran burning signal a growing intoleranc
to school, back to really hunkering down at work. so on our diet s.o.s., joy bauer will help us with everything from portable protein snacks to feeding a fussey preschooler. and what a lot of people are talking about, going gluten free. >>> the secret of hollywood stars and how they defy their age from timeless beauties like susan serandon. we're going to check out their exercise routines that keep them turning heads at all ages. >>> a lot to get to. ann's standing by at the news desk, she has all the headlines. >> good morning once again, everybody, in the news, a wind whipped wildfire has destroyed dozens of homes in the colorado foothills according to a fire official there. the blaze broke out monday in the four-mile canyon northwest of boulder and spread rapidly. more than five square miles have been burned and 1,000 homes have been evacuated. tropical storm hermine is bringing heavy rains and strong winds to south texas. it is threatening to dump up to a foot of rain all the way up to dallas. >>> more bodies have been pulled from the mud covered highway in guatemala where b
will catch up to us from the ♪ smob call somebody call 911 >>> time for "today's" money 911, our team of experts ready to answer your questions and help stop your financial problems. sharon epperson is cnn's personal finance editor. the author of finish rich and a personal finance expert. good to see everybody. let's get started. now we're going to go to skype right off the bat. diane from tlflagstaff, arizona has a question. >> good morning. i'm a single low income mom with my youngest attending arizona state university. she currently receives the federally funded scholarships, grants and loans. i have met the love of my life and we want to marry. would our joy mean my daughter's pain and change her financial aid? >> first of all, congratulations, diane, to you and your new husband, i hope that that's what you're going to do, because i'm going to tell you, you're actually going to have some impact to your daughter's financial aid package, by marrying, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't get married, but it does mean that on that application form, the fafsa form, they're going to loo
glad hurricane earl did not do anymore damage, but i could have used a drop of an at my house and we didn't get anything. >> it skirted off to the east, heading right toward nantucket, skirted north carolina. this has been a real close call. doesn't mean everyone's out of the woods. they did get a labor day break from hurricane earl in the northeast. actually it's been downgraded to a tropical storm as it brushed the coast of massachusetts this morning with heavy rain and high winds. >> and lots of sighs of relief up and down the east coast because this could have been a lot worse. but it if you're thinking of testing the waters at the beach, you'll want to watch out for what earl left behind. we'll have a full update. >> half a world away, a big earthquake in new zealand caused widespread damage in their second largest city which is actually locked down today. >> the prime minister said it was a miracle that no one was killed. we will head live to christ church for a look at the damage there in just a few minutes. >> back in this country, coulky horman would have been going back tol
/11. this despite condemnation from the obama administration and the top u.s. general in afghanistanl in afghanistan. we have more from carrey. good morning to you. >> reporter: this church has at most 50 members, but the pastors say his actions speak for more than his worshippers and he is not going to be deterred. he is pushing forward with the plans to burn the islamic holy book, the koran. more than 7600 miles away from afghanistan, it took only a few clicks to find terry jones's likeness and burn him. pastor jones said he is the who is offended. >> they are burning our flag and pictures of us. we are supposed to do nothing? we are supposed to apologize for our actions? we must do something. >> reporter: the church displayed more than 200 korans to news cameras. some they bought and others were donated. the church will burn them saturday, the anniversary of 9/11. >> we believe in what we believe. we believe in the bible and standing up for it. >> we are not going to allow that! >> this as the protesting construction of an islamic center near ground zero. he is proceeding with the community cente
. natalie morales will join us for a live report. >>> what's it like to be a member of a polygamist family? one man and his four wives are here in the studio to talk about it in a live interview. >> let us begin with a check of the top stories. >> thank you so much. good morning. >>> in the news this morning, president obama challenging world leaders to support a peace deal and if they do, he says, it may lead to a new member of the u.n. an independent state of palestine living in peace with israel by this time next year. on wednesday the president said the u.s. will continue to help developing countries but instead of buying short-term solutions, he said, the focus will be more on diplomacy and investment to help nations prosper. >>> nato confirms the taliban commander has been captured in southern afghanistan. the commander helped supply militants in the area with money for weapons. >>> in iowa egg producer testified before congress on wednesday apologized for salmonella outbreak that sickened 1600 people and led to a massive egg recall. a second egg producer took the fifth amendment. >>
. nbc's miguel almaguer is on the scene. miguel, what can you tell us? >> reporter: matt, good morning. at least 75 people were rushed to the hospital overnight, some of them injured critically. we know at least one person is dead, although that number may rise. some 53 homes were completely destroyed. more than 100 others damaged. it's believed the explosion may have been caused by a ruptured gas line. and as one witness said here, they described the scene as "hell on earth." the explosion ripped through san bruno just before 7:00 local time, the dinner hour in this suburb just south of san francisco. a blast so violent, some thought it was an earthquake, or worse, a jetliner crash. it was neither. >> i went out and seen this big fireball. first thing i thought was, oh, god, something went up, and it was intense with flames. >> reporter: a monster, gas-fed fireball with flames shooting as high as 100 feet into the air was burning so hot, it obscured everything around it. asphalt melted, windows shattered, the sky turned black and the sound, what witnesses describe as a roaring and a g
is really making her presence felt in the state next to us here in texas. twisters touched down in and around the city of dallas. that's where the weather channel's julie martin is joining us from this morning. julie, good morning to you. what's the latest? >> well, good morning, matt. hermine made for a very wild weather day here in texas, from flash flooding to tornadoes. it really left its mark, and unfortunately, it is not finished just yet. i want to take you now to some images from the evening rush hour last night here in dallas, as twisters just started dropping out of the sky, as many as six funnels reported throughout the area. one of them slicing right through the heart of the city, hitting many buildings, bringing up water mains, and also knocking out power to thousands of people. one of the most impressive images, an 18-wheeler literally picked up, flipped 180 degrees with the driver inside, and slammed into the very building i am standing in front of. that driver, by the way, is doing all right this morning. but before all of that widespread flash flooding throughou
, this is -- this is a near miss. if this had been right on point, it would have been a mess for us. right now, we've got wind gusts of over 70 miles per hour and it's a sand-driven, wind-driven rain that is just really brutal. we have had reports of flooding. we still have power throughout good portions of the outer banks right now. a lot of people are really, really excited about the fact that this could have been much worse. it's downgraded in its size and power. right now, we do have hurricane warnings in effect still for the northern half of the coastline of north carolina. we also have tropical storm watches and warnings all the way up to new england. hurricane warnings for parts of new england as well. the big problem is going to be the storm surge. not so much the rain. it's going to be the storm surge, anywhere from two to four feet of storm surge, some areas picking up five feet of storm surge, but make no mistake, rainfall is still going to be an issue. we're talking about rain that could be anywhere from two to four to six inches, some areas picking up seven to ten inches of rain, especially as yo
details coming up. >>> plus an azing medical story. four years ago dr. richard edward lost the use of his hands in a brush fire. now he has a new set of hands after jt the third double hand transplant in the united states. we will meet ricrd edwards and find out how he's doingn a few minutes. >> remarkable story. and live from new york it's "saturday night." 36 seasons. that's amazing. we h a chance to meet with the cast members about the new season. we'll tell you what to expect coming up. >> i left the studio yesterday morning. there was a line of people camping out trying to get into the show. >> they're out there now trying to pick up tickets. >>> first, with the mid-term elections around the corner a look back at t week in politics beginning with political theater. savannah guthrie reports. >> reporter: on capitol hill friday, morevidence of why some americans thinkashington is a joke. the comedian stephen colbert was billed as an expert witness on farm labor and testified in character. >> congresswoman loffgrin asked me to use my vast experience as a migrant farm worker. i'm happy t
sliced right through his suv. he survived, and he'll be talking to us about that. >>> first let's go back inside studio 1a. tamron hall has all the headlines. >>> we began with more flooding in parts of the midwest. a levee is leaking in portage, wisconsin, some people have been evacuated. officials say if more evacuations are needed residents will have to get out by boat. >>> "today"today a panel appoin president obama begins its investigation into the oil spill in the gulf of mexico and the administration's response to it. >>> hyundai is recalling more than 131,000 sonata sedans sold in the u.s. because of potential steering wheel problems. the recall involves sonatas built before september 10. >>> gas prices are holding steady, the average price for regular now $2.69 a gallon. >>> steve berk will become ceo of nbc universal. burke will replace the current ceo who will step down when the deal closes. >>> overseas markets are higher on wall street. erin burnett is on wall street. >> we're talking about the best september since 1939, we'll see if we can hold through the end of the week. a
. >>> but let us begin this morning with that strong storm system that's causing a lot of problems down in florida this morning. the weather channel's jim can torre is in ft. lauderdale. jim, good morning to you. >> reporter: and good morning to you, too, matt. we've already had about 1 to 3 inches of rain. we may see a few rainfall records slip by the wayside. the good news is, so far, that rain has come at a steady enough pace where it hasn't caused too many flooding problems. but that may not be the case this afternoon as the storm gets a little bit closer to us, maybe gets a little more organized. we could see more of that heavy rain move through. and it's really at the time of these rain bands where we get 1 to 2 inches of rain where we could see the street flooding, and that's what officials are telling people. watch out. when that water starts ponding on the roads and these pumps and canals can't handle all this, this is where we'll have tie-ups on a lot of these roadways. so far, so good. it hasn't been a heavy rain event so far that we can't handle it, but as we go on through t
manager attacked her. >> i found out that she was living on campaign donations, using them for rent anpersonal expenses while leaving her workers unpaid >> reporter: she found her only hard times actually made her understand voters' anger. >> a lot of people have said that we didn't win the general election. >> reporter: democratic officials are gleeful and called her an ultraright wing extremist. ironically, her supporters used an obama slogan. >> yes we can! >> reporter: a tight race too close to call. former state attorney general, the choice of both the republican establishment and sarah palin against a tea party endorsed conservative activist. on to new york, where the republican nominee for governor is another tea party conservative. real estate developer over the party favorite former favorite rick lazio. rangel beat back several challenges. >> i go back to washington stronger than i have ever been. >> reporter: and back here in delaware, democrats didn't have a primary fight for the senate seat, so chris cooms is the candidate. or donnell who's worked for nonprofit groups is
anger against the u.s. because of threats to burn the koran, and e controversy over the proped islamic cultural center near ground zero. president ahmadinejad, blames all this on the conspiracy. >> translator: they have no relation, they are in no relati relation- >> reporter: there are jewish leaders working with muslim leaders to build the cultural center in new york city. there's no evidence of what you call zionists groups against it. fidel castro your old friend, fidel castro criticized you for your comments about -- israel and -- translator: i need to talk, to speak. i think you should finish first and then you shouldet me explain. >> reporter: speak. >> what you see in islamic countries ishat the people are against, that ugly behavior. they are not against the people of the united states, they are not against amicans. >> rorter: we see no evidence that there is any such zionist conspiracy. >> reporter: he was equally combative about the ia, wch sharply rebuked iran this week for denying access to the two leading experts on speinspectio teams. >> reporter: they are under pressure
and warning area. give us an area, from where to where do you recommend that people are very conscious about this storm? >> all right. i would take anywhere along the north carolina coast, tropical storm conditions in the far southeast, all the way up to the virginia beach area, because that's the area that will be impacted as early as tomorrow, on into tomorrow night and early friday morning. depending on how far offshore it is, we may have a problem friday into saturday for southern new england and the eastern tip of long island, but everywhere along the east coast should monitor the track of this in case there's an unexpected shift further to the west. >> when you talk about an unexpected shift to the west, you're worried about the eye of the storm, whether it will go closer to the land, is that correct? >> that's absolutely correct. we'll put a different graphic up here to show you why. this shows you the wind shear as it goes across cape hatteras. the red area is the hurricane force winds. if the track was further west, it would bring hurricane winds. up over the area there. of course y
to the two other americans still jailed there? this morning, their mothers join us for a live interview. >>> and zapping the fat. two new devices promise to help give people better-looking bodies without needles, injections, or exercise. can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, september 15th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. christine o'donnell virtually unknown just a few weeks ago, but this morning she's officially the gop's candidate for the senate seat vacated by joe biden. >> o'donnell is now the sixth tea party candidate to win a race this year. but this morning, some are saying her win could actually be a costly blow to the republican's hopes of reclaiming control of congress in november. why? we'll explain. and we'll talk to christine o'donnell about her victory, straight ahead. >>> also ahead, for the first time, we're hearing from the connecticut doctor who was the o
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